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Motion on special pay for teachers fails

A motion to add supplemental pay for certain teachers failed to pass during the Oregon School Board meeting Monday.

The vote tied 2-2 because three outgoing board members abstained from voting, according to the Oregon Observer. Monday's meeting was the last board session before new  members are sworn in April 28. ... Read More

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Commission recommends approval of firing range plan

Last week the Village of Oregon Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a firearms sales business to add a firing range to its facility.

The Oregon Observer reported that Max Creek Outdoors owner Steve D’Orazio is seeking to build a 3,600-square-foot addition onto the back of the building on Park Street... Read More

Police use high-visibility patrol to curb drunk driving

Police use high-visibility patrol to curb drunk driving

The Stoughton Police Department is the latest agency to use a once-controversial approach to curb drinking and driving.

During a high-visibility patrol, officers watch for traffic violations and when stopping drivers, they check for sobriety.

The latest stop happened Friday night over a 4 hour period starting at 8:30 p.m.

The patrol resulted in 116 traffic stops, with 17 citations and 120 warnings issues. None of the citations were for drunken driving.

The next saturated patrol is scheduled for Saturday in the town of Madison and on May 10 in Oregon.

The program is funded, in part, by the Bureau of Traffic Safety, and allows several different agencies to work together.

Students earn top awards at skilled service trade event

Oregon High School students earned top awards during a recent competition focused on skilled service occupations. 

The SkillsUSA Competition was held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout earlier this year.

Twelve OHS students participated in the event in various areas including cabinet-making, photography and advertising, to name a few. ... Read More

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OHS to hold art fundraiser

The 15th Annual Oregon High School Art Department Art Show and Silent Auction will be open to the public from 7-8:30 p.m. on April 17 in the high school commons.

A wide variety of artwork by students, OHS staff and visiting artists will be on display. 

The event raises funds to enhance the learning materials and opportunities within the art department... Read More

Teen sexually assaulted while walking downtown, police say

An Oregon teenager was sexually assaulted while walking with a group of people in downtown Madison early Sunday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The 18-year-old told police the group was walking on Conklin Place when a man pulled her toward him. She said he kissed her, touched her inappropriately and told her he wanted to have a sexual encounter.

Police said the woman yelled for him to stop and another woman helped pull her away.

The victim said she didn?t know the man or anyone in the group she was walking with.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 to 190 pounds with a thin build, shoulder-length wavy brown hair, narrow face and facial stubble. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a badger and Wisconsin on it, dark blue jeans and tennis shoes that were possibly black.

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Brooklyn's Depot Days postponed to ’15

The Brooklyn Area Chamber of Commerce has delayed the 18th year of Depot Days to 2015 after complications with the rail line.

The line that runs through Brooklyn is in the process of reactivation to serve the Lycon plant in the Alpine Business Park in Oregon, meaning that the Village of Oregon and City of Fitchburg will no longer have the liability on the line to allow Brooklyn to use it... Read More